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Kingdom  Animalia
Subclass  Elasmobranchii
Scientific name  Dalatiidae
Rank  Family
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Squaliformes
Higher classification  Squaliformes
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Lower classifications  Cookiecutter shark, Kitefin shark, Isistius, Pygmy shark, Pocket shark

The Dalatiidae are the family of kitefin sharks of the order Squaliformes (the term "kitefin shark" also refers specifically to the species Dalatias licha). Members of this family are small, under 2 m (6.6 ft) long, and are found worldwide. They have cigar-shaped bodies with narrow heads and rounded snouts. Several species have specialized bioluminescent organs. Though seven species are in this family, five of them are monotypic.

Genera and species

  • Dalatias Rafinesque, 1810
  • Dalatias licha (Bonnaterre, 1788) (kitefin shark)
  • Euprotomicroides Hulley and M. J. Penrith, 1966
  • Euprotomicroides zantedeschia Hulley and M. J. Penrith, 1966 (tail-light shark)
  • Euprotomicrus T. N. Gill, 1865
  • Euprotomicrus bispinatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) (pygmy shark)
  • Heteroscymnoides Fowler, 1934
  • Heteroscymnoides marleyi Fowler, 1934 (longnose pygmy shark)
  • Isistius T. N. Gill, 1865
  • Isistius brasiliensis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) (cookiecutter shark)
  • Isistius plutodus Garrick & S. Springer, 1964 (largetooth cookiecutter shark)
  • Mollisquama Dolganov, 1984
  • Mollisquama parini Dolganov, 1984 (pocket shark)
  • Squaliolus H. M. Smith and Radcliffe, 1912
  • Squaliolus aliae Teng, 1959 (smalleye pygmy shark)
  • Squaliolus laticaudus H. M. Smith and Radcliffe, 1912 (spined pygmy shark)
  • References

    Dalatiidae Wikipedia